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Paula Poundstone

Paula Poundstone
Paula Poundstone 
(December 4, 2021 6:00pm & 8:30pm)

Paula Poundstone began her career at open mic nights in Boston. Hosting open mic nights was
great training. “It’s the Thigh-Master of stand-up,” she said. “At the time, I only had a few
minutes of material. I was hosting a show that began at 7 and ran until 1. While the audience
might rotate, it was long. I could have gotten away introducing the acts, but the idea of hosting
was that some people were pretty bad and you had to get the crowd back. It was on-stage
training, the only way to do stand-up. You have to have a real audience. You’re working with
them for five minutes. More would be torture for the audience and the comic. What job do you
get to practice for a few minutes at a time? You get a lot of rejection. I was pretty well-versed.”
Poundstone traveled across the country by Greyhound bus and ended up in San Francisco,
where Robin Williams saw her and encouraged her to come to Los Angeles. Her career took off
and she was the first woman to perform at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. She was
also the first woman to win a CableACE Award (she has two) and was named to Comedy
Central’s 2004 list of the 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time. In 2010, she was voted
into the Comedy Hall of Fame. She is also a fixture on NPR’s comedy quiz show, Wait
Wait...Don’t Tell Me, where she holds the record for game losses and probably for strange
answers. “The others cheat,” she said. “You wouldn’t think NPR would put up with that.”
Poundstone said that she learned early on that she had to be herself. “Over the years, it’s the
only thing I’ve consistently worked at, becoming more and more myself. I react as myself and
trust my own instincts. Otherwise, I’m serving too many masters. I’m not everyone’s cup of tea,
but the crowds that come to see me, they’ve already predetermined (that they want to see me)
or there’s a connection. Then we have a great time.”

Poundstone said that her shows are autobiographical and are full of stories about a house full
of animals and kids. She said that no topic is out-of-bounds, but some things just don’t come
up. “I don’t sit around, trying to come up with jokes on controversial topics,” she said. “I think
there’s something funny in everything. A sense of humor was provided as a coping

She doesn’t talk much about sex because the show is autobiographical and she doesn’t talk
about that which she doesn’t do. (She said it.)

In 2017, Poundstone released her second book, The Totally Unscientific Study of the Search for
Human Happiness, in which she offered herself as a guinea pig in a series of unscientific
experiments. The book debuted at #1 on the Amazon Bestsellers List in Humor and the
audiobook was one of five finalists for 2018 Audio Book of the year. It was also a semi-finalist
for the Thurber Prize for American Humor, the highest recognition of the art of humor writing
in the U.S. In 2019, her stand-up special, Cats, Cops and Stuff, was named by Time magazine as
one of the five funniest stand-up specials ever.

Come see what all the fun’s about. Don’t “Wait Wait.”
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